Jay’s breakdown over his long-lost mother was one of the show’s many heartbreaking highlights. In the YouTube comment section, several fans made it clear just how hard-hitting the moment remains. YouTube user Justice For Johnny largely credits the scene’s effectiveness to the three-time Emmy nominated performance of Ed O’ Neill, with the user commenting, “This kills me every time. Honestly how has this man never won an Emmy?”
Similarly, Summer Skull notes what the memory means for Jay’s character, saying, “The emotional part for me is Jay didn’t even remember what his coach was yelling at him about […] He only remembers his mom storming out of the stands and getting in the guy’s face. That was the day he realized his mom would always have his back.”
And for many others, it’s that relatability that hit closest to home. YouTube user bacchamae shares a similar experience, commenting, “I bawled at this scene because my mom defended me from bullies while I was growing up. She passed away 7 years ago.” Meanwhile, Tracks reMastered similarly connected with the moment, saying, “As someone who lost their mother quite young, the ‘you only get one mum’ line hits me deeply. Always makes me tear up.”
In illustrating such a beautiful example of shedding the typical masculine image, Jay’s heart-tugging moment in “Modern Family” ended up touching fans in a profoundly meaningful manner.